2020 Voter Information

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Questions? Go to GoVoteWV and Coronavirus Facts on the WV Secretary of State's website. Locally, you can contact Nikki Painter, Chief Deputy Clerk at the Voter & Elections Office: npainter@jeffersoncountywv.org or call 304-728-3246. The League would hope we have presented correct information for you, but please rely on the SOS and our County Clerk's office for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

The 2020 General Election is Tuesday, November 3. Deadline to register is October 13. In the General Election, West Virginians will vote for the President, our U.S. House of Representatives members and one U.S. Senator, and our Governor, among other state offices. In Jefferson County, we will also vote for our state Delegates, one state Senator, two of the five County Commissioners, and the Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Assessor.

GENERAL ELECTION — NOVEMBER 3, 2020

  • August 11 – October 28: Eligible voters may apply for a General Election ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee on Absentee Voting Information.
    You can track your absentee ballot here.
  • October 8 – 14: Sample ballots published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county).
  • October 13: Deadline to register to vote for the General Election. Learn more; register to vote online or by mail.
  • October 21 – 31: Early Voting at the Courthouse, 9am – 5pm, excluding Sundays.
  • October 27 – November 2: Official List of Candidates or Sample Ballot published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county).
  • October 28: Deadline for Absentee by Mail Application. Absentee applications received after October 28, even if postmarked, cannot be accepted by law.
  • November 2: Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office.
  • November 3: General Election Day, 6:30am – 7:30pm.
  • November 4: Absentee Ballots mailed, but without a postmark accepted.
  • November 9: (Canvass) - Absentee Ballot postmarked by Election Day accepted if received by start of Canvass.

PRIMARY ELECTION — JUNE 9, 2020

  • April 24: County Clerks begin mailing ballots on the 46th day before the election. Learn more about NEW COVID-19 Absentee Voting Information. According to Mac Warner, Secretary of State, "There are three simple steps for voting an absentee-by-mail ballot: (1) The voter submits an absentee ballot application to their county clerk (watch your mail for the COVID-19 card mailed by your County Clerk the first week of April); (2) Once approved, the county clerk will mail a postage prepaid absentee ballot with instructions and materials to the voter; and (3) The voter marks the absentee ballot according to the instructions and places it in the mail to be postmarked by Election Day, June 9, 2020."
  • May 19: Deadline to register to vote for the Primary Election. Learn more; register to vote online or by mail.
  • May 27 – June 6: Early Voting at the Courthouse, 9am – 5pm, excluding Sundays.
  • June 2 – June 8 – Official List of Candidates or Sample Ballot published in local newspapers throughout the state (publication dates will vary by county).
  • June 3 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot for all voters.
  • June 8 – Deadline to hand-deliver Absentee Ballot to County Clerk’s office.
  • June 9: Primary Election Day, 6:30am – 7:30pm.
  • June 10 – Absentee Ballots mailed, but without a postmark accepted.
  • June 15 – (Canvass) – Absentee Ballot postmarked by Election Day accepted if received by start of Canvass.

Download the "Register to Vote" Handout — General Election (PDF)


REGISTER TO VOTE

The General Election is November 3, 2020.

The General Election includes the president, WV U.S. House of Representatives members and a U.S. Senator, and Governor. In Jefferson County, we will vote for state Delegates, state Senator, County Commissioners, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Assessor.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!

YOU MUST REGISTER OR RE-REGISTER NO LATER THAN October 13, 2020:

  • IF you are not registered but will be 18 years of age by November 3, 2020, the date of the election
  • IF you are registered but have changed your name or address
  • IF you are registered but want to change your party affiliation

REGISTER IN PERSON: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. If you have a photo ID and proof that you live at your address (such as a bill addressed to you at the address), you will receive a Voter Card that day. If you have no photo ID, you will get your card in 10 days after address verification.

REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the WV Secretary of State at sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/GoVoteWV.aspx.

To find out more about The League of Women Voters – check out our website at LWV-JCWV.org.

Come to the LWV Candidate Forums, held before the Primary and the General Election!

• IF you are not registered but will be 18 years of age by November 3, 2020, the date of the election;
• IF you are registered but have changed your name;
• IF you are registered but have changed your address;
• IF you are registered but want to change your party affiliation.

• Register to vote at the JC Clerk's office: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town
• Several other sites accept voter registration: the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV); public assistance offices; agencies who serve people with disabilities; marriage license offices; military recruiting agencies.
In Person – Receive Voter Card Same Day: Must have a valid Photo ID that includes your current physical address (i.e. driver’s license, DMV ID card).
• In Person – 10 Day Postal Verification: NO ID, or Photo ID does not have current physical address so voter will have to wait 10 business days for post card verification through the USPS.
• Proof of address can include a valid photo identification; a utility bill; a bank statement; a government check; a paycheck; or any other official government document.

Check your voter registration here.

To register to vote or update your voter registration online, visit the Secretary of State’s Register to Vote page. You must provide the following information:
• Your name as it appears on your West Virginia driver’s license or ID card
• Your date of birth
• Your West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number
• Your last four digits of your Social Security Number
When you complete the application online it will be submitted to your county clerk for processing. The county clerk will notify you if your application has been accepted or rejected.
If you do not have a West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number, you may not submit your form online, but you may enter your information online to be auto-filled in a voter registration application. Once you create your application online, you may print, sign and deliver it to your County Clerk by mail or in person.

If you prefer to complete your voter registration form by hand, you may download a blank voter registration form to mail or deliver in-person.

Visit the County Clerk’s website for local information and sample ballots. The ballots are made available shortly before the Primary and General Elections.


Questions about the Voter ID law? Call the WV Secretary of State at 304-558-6000.


WV Voter ID Law

Download the "Register to Vote" Handout — Primary Election (PDF)


REGISTER TO VOTE

The WV Primary Election is June 9, 2020.

The WV Primary Election includes contested party races, party Executive Committee members, and non-partisan offices (non-partisan winners take office!) — Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Magistrate, Board of Education, and Conservation District Supervisor.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!

YOU MUST REGISTER OR RE-REGISTER NO LATER THAN May 19, 2020:

  • IF you are not registered but will be 18 years of age by June 9, 2020, the date of the election
  • IF you are registered but have changed your name or address
  • IF you are registered but want to change your party affiliation

REGISTER IN PERSON: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. If you have a photo ID and proof that you live at your address (such as a bill addressed to you at the address), you will receive a Voter Card that day. If you have no photo ID, you will get your card in 10 days after address verification.

REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the WV Secretary of State at sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/GoVoteWV.aspx.

To find out more about The League of Women Voters – check out our website at LWV-JCWV.org.

Come to the LWV Candidate Forums, held before the Primary and the General Election!

• IF you are not registered but will be 18 years of age by June 9, 2020, the date of the election;
• IF you are registered but have changed your name;
• IF you are registered but have changed your address;
• IF you are registered but want to change your party affiliation.

LINKS

Forum Schedule